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June 2019

We're hiring! Positions open for two clinical supervisors

Position: The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at Oklahoma State University
invites applicants for two nine-month appointments (with the possibility of renewal, pending availability
of funding) of Clinical Adjunct Instructor positions to begin August 1st, 2019 through May 15th, 2020.

Qualifications: Applicants should hold the Certificate of Clinical Competence in Speech-Language
Pathology from the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, as well as hold (or be eligible for)
licensure by the Oklahoma Board of Examiners in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology. Clinical
supervisory experience is preferred, as well as diverse work experiences across the age span and in a
variety of different settings, but will consider substantial clinical experience.

Responsibilities: The assignment includes supervising graduate and undergraduate student-clinicians in
the Oklahoma State University Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic on the OSU Stillwater campus.

Salary: Salary is to be paid in 9 monthly installments for 2019-2020 academic year.

For full consideration, applicants should send a letter of intent, along with official transcripts, and a
resume or vita to: Dr. Ramesh Kaipa, 042 Murray Hall, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater OK 74078
by July 9th, 2019. However, applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

A successful candidate should be willing to teach or supervise from a multicultural perspective and
should be willing to mentor ethnically and racially underrepresented students.

Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and
state laws regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed
to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age,
sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or
veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For
more information, visit https:///

May 2019


Sensory Room Project - Donations needed

Our Speech and Language Clinic has been working to build a sensory room for our young clients with autism spectrum disorders. We're part-way there but need a bit more support to make this long-standing goal a reality. Any size gift would help. Click here for more information.


Oneok Veteran Scholar

Emily Kobayashi, a Communication Sciences & Disorders major, has been selected as one of three Oneok Veteran Scholars for the upcoming academic year. The Student Veteran Scholarship was created by Oneok as a way to recognize the needs of OSU military students seeking degrees.  Oneok has sponsored this scholarship for military students who qualify as a result of good work ethic, persistence and dedication that work toward their future success.

April 2019

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NSSLHA Banquet

The end-of-year banquet was a great success!  (And our new ear model was very popular.)

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Cimarron Conference on Communication Disorders

Every year, the CDIS department sponsors this one-day conference to bring expert guest speakers to Stillwater.  For details and registration, visit the CCCD website:

The Anatomy of a Dyslexia Diagnosis: How can Informal and Formal Assessment Help

Wendy Stacy, Director and Lead Dyslexia Therapist for ReadWrite Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

  • Friday, April 12, 2019
  • Wes Watkins Center
  • Oklahoma State University

March 2019


Study Abroad to Peru 

CDIS students traveled to Peru during Spring Break




Brain Health: Understanding the Aging Brain

Free Cognitive Screenings & Presentation

The Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CDIS) and the Stillwater Public Library partnered together to organize a FREE cognitive screening event for people living in Stillwater on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019.  The event included a presentation by Dr. Parveen (CDIS faculty member) about brain changes associated with aging as well as brief discussions of different disorders including aphasia, dementia, traumatic brain injuries and Parkinson disease. A total of 52 people attended the event with approximately 24 people getting free cognitive screenings. The event was a great success as graduate clinicians and faculty members interacted with attendees from the community and shared information about available resources for healthy aging as well as for different neurogenic communication disorders.

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Februrary 2019


Abbi Wright Selected as Cambridge Scholar

CDIS student Abbi Wright was selected to participate in the OSU Cambridge Scholars program, in which up to 20 OSU students spend two weeks at the University of Cambridge for a special short course taught by OSU faculty.  This year's course covers the differences in healthcare in the US compared to the UK and will be taught by Dr. Kelley Rhodes and Dr. Bridget Miller.



Cuddle up with your Sweetie Literacy Event

NSSLHA sponsored this literacy event for members of the Oklahoma WONDERtorium on Feb. 15,  and members volunteered to guide families through various literacy activities.


November 2018

Murray Hall

CDIS Graduate Open House

  • When: Thursday, November 29, 2018, 10:00am - 2:00pm.
  • Where: OSU Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders (CDIS), Murray Hall (intersection of University & Monroe), bottom floor
For additional queries, contact:
  • Ms. Donita Tefft (Graduate Advisor): Office: 405-744-7952; Email:
  • Dr. Sabiha Parveen (Graduate Program Director): Office: 405-744-5116; Email:
  • Ms. Bonnie Sarhan (CDIS Administrative Assistant): 405-744-8938

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Several students from OSU's undergraduate CDIS Department recently had the privilege to serve as panelists for Dr. Lisa Genova's Student Forum which preceded her Tulsa Town Hall presentation on Friday, November 16. Dr. Genova is a neuroscientist and the author of Still Alice, Left Neglected, and several other novels centered around neurological diagnoses. The CDIS panelists included Sarah Sharitt, Jeanette Tran, and Robin Baack. They sought Dr. Genova's input regarding the future of research in the area of Alzheimer's dementia and recommendations for healthy brain lifestyles. Dr. Genova was complimentary of the work of SLPs and indicated she sought input from rehab professionals during her writing projects. (Pictured at left, L to R: Robin Baack, Dr. Lisa Genova, Sarah Sharitt, Jeanette Tran)

Apraxia Kids Walk 2018

The Walk for Apraxia is a fun, family-friendly event hosted by our NSSLHA chapter to raise money and awareness for individuals with Childhood Apraxia of Speech.

August 2018

Allee Lyons Allee Lyons, a junior in the department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, is part of the first ever McNair Research Scholars of Oklahoma State University for the academic year 2018-19. She is currently looking at the longitudinal changes in speech and language in individuals with corticobasal degeneration (a progressive neurological disorder with Parkinsonism and speech deficits). Her research mentor is Dr. Sabiha Parveen whose research focus includes speech and cognitive aspects of individuals with Parkinson disease and related disorders.
RohaKaipa Dr. Roha Kaipa completed her B.S. and M.S. programs in Speech-Language Pathology from the Universities of Bangalore and Mangalore, respectively. Following this, she completed another M.S. program and subsequently her doctoral education (both in Experimental Psychology) at Oklahoma State University. Welcome to the department, Dr. Kaipa!
Bootcamp art1 Dr. Sabiha Parveen organized a 3-day free Parkinson Disease Bootcamp for individuals with Parkinson disease (PD) and their family members at OSU-Stillwater campus during Aug. 9-11, 2018. The event was funded through the Arts & Sciences Community Engagement Grant for the year 2018-19. Approximately 50 people from within and around Stillwater attended the event. The event included several presentations on topics, including speech and communication changes and related therapy options, physical therapy, nutrition, family relationships, art sessions (pictured at left), and the role of hearing in PD.

July 2018

Ramesh Kaipa Dr. Ramesh Kaipa assumes Department head position effective July 1 2018.

May 2018

Mackenzie Landis Mackenzie Landis (1st year graduate student) won the second place in the OSU Presidential Fellows' Grand Three Minute Challenge (3MC) that was conducted on 24th April. The 3MC is a head-to-head competition of winners from the OSU 2016 3MP and the 2017 3MTĀ®. Mackenzie's presentation was tilted "Speech-Language Pathologists: Building Communication" and it was very well received. Previously Mackenzie was awarded the first place in the 3MP competition in 2016 for her presentation on the same topic. Mackenzie's advisor was Dr. Ramesh Kaipa. This is the second consecutive year that CDIS has won first place in the 3MP completion. Congratulation Mackenzie.

April 2018

Anna Ebert Anna Ebert, a senior graduating in May 2018, was awarded the outstanding department senior for the year 2017-2018. In the past, she has been on President's Honors Roll as well as has received the Regents Distinguished Scholarship and the Hutch's Scholars Award. She is currently working on her Honors thesis examining the current evidence for use of ipads and mobile devices in language based intervention for children with autism spectrum disorders.

March 2018

Ten Communication Sciences and Disorders students visited Spain and Portugal on a Study Abroad trip during Spring Break. (3/26/2018)

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